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Missouri PLTW Conference Slated for Oct. 26

October 19, 2012

The 2012 Missouri Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Louis Marriott West in Chesterfield.

PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous, relevant and innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs in middle schools and high schools across the United States.

STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, the students in Missouri's classrooms today must develop the skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.

“As one of the organizers, St. Louis Community College (STLCC) is a strong supporter of PLTW in St. Louis as well as in the state of Missouri,” said Brett Richardson, PLTW coordinator at STLCC. “It is an honor to have the first statewide PLTW conference take place in St. Louis.”

Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW, and Irving McPhail, president and CEO of National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, will speak at the conference. The event is catered toward school district representatives looking for strategies to enhance their current STEM curriculum as well as PLTW teachers, counselors, administrators and industry representatives from within and outside of Missouri.

With more than 30 breakout sessions, the conference promises to have something for everyone. Some of the topics include partnerships and community involvement, career and technical student organizations and competitions, academic integration, middle school programs teacher development, recruitment and retention as well as assessment and evaluation.